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Six Crimson Fencers Take Strip at US National Championships

Kaneshige took fifth in the men’s foil (photo courtesy Gil Talbot).

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – A total of six Harvard fence took the strip at the USA Fencing Division I National Championships at the Minneapolis Convention Center April 11-14. The event featured over 1,000 athletes vying for National Champion titles and positions on the 2014 Senior World Team over the course of the four-day event.

Foil fencer Brian Kaneshige finished just outside the podium with fifth in the men’s foil. The junior posted a 4-1 performance in pool play with a plus-10 scoring index to rank seventh into the direct elimination tables. After receiving a bye in round of 64, he clashed with James Weiss in the table of 32. After a back-and-forth bout, Kaneshige downed Weiss, 15-14, and went on to defeat Jeremy Goldsteain, 15-12. The Maplewood, N.J., native’s run was halted in the quarterfinals by the tournament’s second seed, Michael Dudey, 15-7.

Kaneshige was joined in the foil tournament by senior Lucas Lin and freshman Stephen Mageras.

After a 2-3 showing in pool action, Lin seeded 31st into the elimination table. The co-captain from White Plains, N.Y., was upset by No. 34 Drew Johnston, 15-11, in his opening bout to finish 34th.

Mageras fenced his way to an undefeated 5-0 record in the pools with a plus-16 scoring differential. As the top seed, the Darien, Conn., local drew a bye in the opening bout. He bested John Crumpler, 15-12, in the round of 34 before meeting 16th-ranked Max Blitzer in the table of 16. Mageras was knocked out of the elimination draw by Blitzer, 12-6, to finish in ninth place.

Senior Michael Raynis and rookie Alexander Eldeib fenced in the epee tournament. As the 35th ranked fencer after a 3-2 performance in pools, Raynis downed Scott Rostal, 15-14, before dropping a 15-10 decision in the round of 34 to the third seed Rob Rhea. Raynis, who hails from Chatsworth, Calif., took 29th while Eldeib turned in a 52nd-place finish.

Nina van Loon represented the Crimson women at the championships. The epeeist from Boulder, Colo., tallied 2-3 ledger in pools to seed 35th into the direct eliminations. After defeating Amanda Han, 15-7, van Loon lost to third-seeded Anna van Brummen, 15-12, in the table of 34 to take 30th.